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Apprenticeship

Steamfitter/Pipefitter

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School

The educational branch of NAIT that offers this program. Each school is uniquely equipped with facilities, equipment, and curriculum designed to benefit the needs of their students.

Credential

The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

Periods

Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Most apprenticeship programs are 3-4 periods in length, with an average of 8 weeks for each training period. In addition, there are specific allotments of on-the-job training hours associated with each period, so most apprentices complete 1 period per calendar year.

You want to be a steamfitter-pipefitter. You want to learn how to lay out, assemble, fabricate, maintain and repair piping systems, which are used to carry water, steam, chemicals or fuel used in heating, cooling, lubricating and other processes. You are mechanically inclined and have a basic understanding of piping systems and techniques.

But you want to learn more, like how to measure, cut, thread, groove, bend, assemble and install all types of metal, plastic and fibreglass pipes, valves and fittings. You also need more experience studying blueprints, drawings and specifications, which determines the type of pipe and tools to use, as well as guides the lay out and sequence of tasks.

At NAIT, we’re here to teach you everything you need to know.

  • making detailed sketches for pipe and equipment fabrication and installation
  • manufacturing brackets and supports for assembled piping systems
  • joining pipe sections securely in position
  • working closely with certified welders to tack fittings and pipe in place

Hands-on, industry-relevant training 

If you like working with your hands at physically demanding tasks with little direction or supervision, then you will enjoy working as a steamfitter-pipefitter.

Steamfitter-pipefitters work both indoors and outdoors at tasks that often require climbing. You may be required to travel and live in rented accommodations on-site, depending on scheduling and work deadlines.

Training at NAIT

The Steamfitter-Pipefitter apprenticeship term is:

  • 4 years (four 12-month periods
  • minimum of 1560 hours on-the-job training each year
  • ​8 weeks of technical training each year

Enter the workforce with confidence 

As a steamfitter-pipefitter, you will be employed by pipeline construction contractors, thermal- or steam-generating plants, manufacturers, utility companies, oil refineries, gas plants, pulp mills and chemical plants.

Experienced steamfitter-pipefitters can advance to supervisory positions, such as foreman, contractor or construction superintendent.

Resources

Have questions? We've got answers

For more information about the Steamfitter-Pipefitter program at NAIT

Email: mechanical@nait.ca
Phone: 780.378.7200
Fax: 780.378.7205

 



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Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Once your training has been completed, you’ll be able to write provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta and become a certified journeyperson.

Period 1

The first period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in tools, equipment and materials, heating, welding, safety and WHMIS, practical applications, trade-related math and science and blueprint reading and drawing.

Period 2

The second period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided further training in welding, trade math and science, blueprint reading, sketching and drawing and practical applications, along with low temperature heating systems, rigging and material handling and special purpose piping and joining methods.

Period 3

The third period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided advanced training in trade math and science, blueprint reading, sketching and drawing and practical applications, as well as training in industrial refrigeration, pneumatic controls and instrumentation, process piping and specialty systems, power and heating plants and occupational skills.

Period 4 (new in 2018/19)

The fourth period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. As 2018/19 is a transition year, the technical training requirements for this period will be updated.

Period One

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $545.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period Two

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $500.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period Three

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $435.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period Four

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $550.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Complete an apprenticeship application & contract form

Effective November 1, 2014, you must fillout the application located on the MyTradesecrets website for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board staff to determine if you are eligible for status as an indentured apprentice.

Dates & Deadlines

Once you are an indentured apprentice, you can review the availability and start and end dates of the program you are interested in. Log into your MyTradesecrets profile and do a search under the Class Registration section. Then you can determine the schedule that best fits your needs.

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Apply to Program

Apply to the program with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application process. Please note, processing time may vary for applicants, so we recommend starting early.

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Scholarships & Awards

NAIT supports over 4,000 students with over $6 million in scholarships and bursaries each year. Many are available for students across a wide range of programs.

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Red Seal

The Interprovincial Red Seal Program was developed to provide journeypersons with the ability to work anywhere in Canada.

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Blue Seal

If you are a certified Blue Seal journeyperson in Alberta, you've proven that you meet Alberta's high industry standards and possess the skills to succeed in your trade.

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Explore your options

There are many different ways to experience a NAIT education, from full-time diploma programs and apprenticeships to part-time degrees. Let us help you choose what's right for you.

Apply for Apprenticeship and Industry Training

Begin the application process through MyTradesecrets.

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